Custer Trail Ranch


Custer Trail Ranch


Original "Custer Trail Ranch" south of Medora, established by Eaton brothers. The number 17-2 is written in the bottom right corner.




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black and white photographic print



Spatial Coverage

Medora, ND


Osborn, Lawton E. Sr.

Rights Holder

Copyright Southwestern North Dakota Museum Foundation and Dickinson Museum Center

Original Format

Photographic prints

Physical Dimensions

4.75" x 6.75"

Cataloguer's Notes

Title created by Dickinson Museum Center.
Osborn Index #17-2 says "Eaton's Dude Ranch, Custer Trail Ranch 1880"

Physical Location

Osborn Album #1

Ordering Info ?


Robert Lyford

Do you have any other photographs of the Custer Trail Ranch from 1890 to 1903 or any of Medora ND in the late 1800s or early 1900s?  If so, is it possible for me to review them on line?

Also, do you have any written material on the Custer Trail Ranch?


Hello Robert,

Yes, we do have some more images from the Custer Trail Ranch on here, but they are not from the time periods you are looking for. You can see anything we have by using the searchbar at the top of the page and typing in Custer Trail Ranch. I can see if we have more information on the ranch if you will email us, 

Thank you.


Thank you for sharing all this information. My grandma is the daughter of Walter Christensen (my great grandfather) who owned the Custer Trail Ranch from 1940 to 1964. I never met my great grandfather but my grandma grew up on the ranch and it's very interesting to see all the history from when she was younger. 

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Osborn, “Custer Trail Ranch,” Southwestern North Dakota Digital Archive At the Dickinson Museum Center, accessed July 17, 2024,